Nova (similar to TIP 2 and 3)
The TIP 2 and 3 (Transit Improvement Program) satellites used a simplified form of the Triad 1 drag correction system. Pulsed plasma thrusters were used for drag correction maneuvers. The satellites were used operationally in the Transit navigation system. Slightly improved versions were built as Nova.
|Type / Application:||Navigation|
|Configuration:||Transit-Bus, Gravity Stabilized|
|Propulsion:||Pulsed plasma thrusters|
|Power:||4 deployable fixed solar arrays, batteries|
|Triad 2 (TIP 2)||1975-099A||12.10.1975||Va SLC-5||Scout-D1|
|Triad 3 (TIP 3)||1976-089A||01.09.1976||Va SLC-5||Scout-D1|